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Ep. 37: How To Help Children And Teens Grieving A Violent Death

Grief Out Loud

Release Date: 07/05/2016

Ep. 164: Supporting Children & Teens In Grief - Kevin R. Carter, LCSW show art Ep. 164: Supporting Children & Teens In Grief - Kevin R. Carter, LCSW

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For the past three decades, Kevin Carter, LCSW, has worked as a clinician, administrator, and educator. He currently serves as the Clinical Director at the Uplift Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia, PA. Kevin's work focuses on how grief and trauma affect youth, and particularly the African American children and families he works with.

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Ep. 163: Capital L Love - Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer's (Brianne Grebil) show art Ep. 163: Capital L Love - Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer's (Brianne Grebil)

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When Brianne Grebil’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 62, Brianne packed up and moved from LA back to northern Idaho to help care for her. Many of the moments Brianne dreaded the most ended up shifting her understanding of love and what remains when we lose everything. We talk about Brianne’s book, Love Doesn’t Care if You Forget: Lessons of Love From Alzheimer’s and Dementia and the complexities of planning a memorial during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Ep. 162: When The Professional Becomes Personal - Alesia Alexander, LCSW show art Ep. 162: When The Professional Becomes Personal - Alesia Alexander, LCSW

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For the past two decades, Alesia Alexander, LCSW, has worked with grieving children, teens, and families. The original inspiration for doing this work was very personal. Alesia's father died of cancer in 1994 and before he died, he asked her to find a way to give back to the community that gave so much to them throughout his illness. Her daughter's father recently died of brain cancer and Alesia stepped into a new role of supporting her daughter, while attending to her own grief. 

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Ep. 161: Preserving Memories -Love Not Lost With Ashley Jones show art Ep. 161: Preserving Memories -Love Not Lost With Ashley Jones

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When Ashley Jones’s infant daughter Skylar was diagnosed with SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), she wasn’t unfamiliar with grief, but she had no idea how Skylar’s illness and death would propel her into supporting others. What started as a photo session for a family grieving the death of their baby, has grown into Love Not Lost, a non-profit that provides free portrait sessions to families facing a terminal illness. Love Not Lost also offers tools and training for family, friends, and employers. 

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Ep. 160: The Shared Room - Kao Kalia Yang show art Ep. 160: The Shared Room - Kao Kalia Yang

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Children’s books transport us – sometimes to places of imagination and sometimes to places rooted in place and culture. Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer and grieving mother who recently published The Shared Room, a brave and tender book for children (and adults) about a family grieving the death of their daughter. The Shared Room is at once a book about memories, sorrow, joy, and the ways grief is carried individually and collectively.  

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Ep. 159: Back To School With Grief & The COVID-19 Pandemic - A Tip Sheet show art Ep. 159: Back To School With Grief & The COVID-19 Pandemic - A Tip Sheet

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This episode is a little different. Rather than an interview, we are sharing information from the Dougy Center's most recent Tip Sheet - Back to School with Grief and the COVID-19 Pandemic. With how tough it can be to focus long enough to take in a lot of text when you're grieving, we wanted to offer the information in this format. We'll be bringing you more Tip Sheet episodes over the next few months, so stay tuned!

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Ep. 158: Growing (Up) With Grief - One Teen's Story show art Ep. 158: Growing (Up) With Grief - One Teen's Story

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What does it mean to grow and grow up with grief? Aliya, a recent high school graduate, spent the past three years reckoning both with her mother's death from cancer and the intricacies of their relationship. As Aliya confronted the more painful aspects of their connection, she created space for remembering the other parts -the ones that were loving and joyful. As Aliya heads off to college this fall, she does so with a new confidence in her ability to navigate the ways her grief continues to unfold. 

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Ep. 157: Let's Talk About Loss - Beth French show art Ep. 157: Let's Talk About Loss - Beth French

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Beth French started Let's Talk About Loss in December of 2016, eighteen months after her mother Susan died of cancer. She was the first in her group of friends to experience this type of loss and she found herself wanting to connect with others who understood what she was going through. She knew a traditional support group wasn't for her so she started the first Let's Talk About Loss meet-up. A gathering of other young adults ages 18-35 where people could talk, listen, and share stories.

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Ep. 156: Death As Resistance - Dr. Kami Fletcher show art Ep. 156: Death As Resistance - Dr. Kami Fletcher

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How do historic and present-day death rituals and funeral practices in the Black community serve as acts of resistance? Dr. Kami Fletcher is a historian and death scholar whose research focuses on the history of African American deathways and deathwork. She is an Associate professor of American & African American History at Albright College and the President of the Collective for Radical Death Studies.

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Ep. 155: Gratitude, Guilt, & Grief - Ty Alexander show art Ep. 155: Gratitude, Guilt, & Grief - Ty Alexander

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What does it mean to choose joy and gratitude when you're in the depths of grief? For Ty Alexander, joy and gratitude became her two main survival strategies after her mother died of cancer when Ty was in her 20's. Now, as a wellness blogger, podcast host (Self Care IRL), and author of the book, "Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died," Ty helps others struggling with grief (and life) find ways to make room for joy and gratitude, while still honoring the people who have died and the pain of the loss. 

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More Episodes

Whether it is a murder, murder-suicide, or a being killed by a driver under the influence, violent death adds multiple layers of complexity to grief. Jana and Joan discuss what children and teens may experience, along with suggestions for how to help. For additional information, refer to our Tip Sheet: Supporting Children and Teens After a Violent Death and our interactive workbook for children. For help with talking to children about mass shootings and other large-scale tragedies, we have two resources written by The Dougy Center's Senior Director for Advocacy and Training, Donna Schuurman, Ed.D., F.T. 1) Dear Lily: a letter to a 12-year old in response to America's most recent tragedy and 2) Talking with children about tragic events.